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The Aviva Stadium, located in the heart of Dublin, is built on the grounds of the old Lansdowne Road Stadium, the oldest (1872) sporting stadium in the world. It was officially opened on 14 May 2010 and hosts the regular home fixtures of the Irish national rugby team taking over from their temporary home, Croke Park, where games were played during Aviva's construction.
The first rugby union game at the Aviva Stadium was an exhibition game on 31 July 2010 and Ireland's first international game was on 6 November 2010 against South Africa. The 2013 Heineken Cup Final took place in the Aviva Stadium on 18 May, where Toulon beat Clermont Auvergne 16-15.
The Aviva Stadium’s most notable feature is its curvilinear shaped stands enclosing the complete stadium, a shape chosen to make sure that the surrounding houses get enough sunlight.
Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, which has been home to the black stuff since 1759, Guinness Storehouse® is Ireland’s Number One Visitor Attraction. The massive seven-storey building, a former Guinness® fermentation plant, has been remodelled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness®. A visit will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about this world famous beer from how Guinness® is made to the ancient craft of Guinness® barrel making in the Cooperage. The highlight for many visitors is the Gravity Bar®. Here visitors receive a complimentary pint of Guinness® and can relax and enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree views across Dublin City.
Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. The Castle stands on the ridge on a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where the original fortification may have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort. Later a Viking Fortress stood on this site - a portion of which is on view to visitors in the ' Mediaeval Undercroft' which also includes the remains of the original 13th century Castle. The south range houses the magnificent State Apartments that were built as the residential quarters of the Viceregal court. They are now the venue for Presidential Inaugurations, State Functions and Ireland's Presidencies of the European Union. The State Apartments, Medieval Undercroft and Chapel Royal are open to visitors. On occasions, the State Apartments may be closed for State Purposes.
Temple Bar, a maze of tiny cobbled streets and busy thoroughfares, has the largest concentration of bars, restaurants, night spots and trendy shops in Dublin. It is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin and has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many of Dublin's best night spots, restaurants and unusual shops lining the narrow cobbled streets. It is promoted as Dublin's cultural quarter and after dark, the area is a major centre for nightlife, with many tourist-focused nightclubs, restaurants and bars. Funky shops, eclectic cafes and hordes of stylish visitors have made Temple Bar one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.
The green hordes simply love a visit of England. The last time England went to Dublin, they were driven to distraction by Ireland’s all-court approach and they are sure to be pressured again. A weekend in Dublin is always spectacular – one for the real rugby enthusiast.